Beginner Violins

At Antonio Strad, our beginner violins are hand-made with well-aged wood and professionally set up here in San Antonio, TX. That means the instrument plays well and stays in tune. A good sound will encourage you to play more. And the more you play the better you’ll get.

We’ll provide you with everything you need to succeed with our beginner violin outfits, so there are no roadblocks to beginning your violin journey. Expect a hand-carved French bridge, and quality, durable strings to accompany every instrument, for a clear tone without sacrificing playability or an affordable price.

All of our beginner violins include free shipping, easy 45-day returns, and the Antonio Strad 100% satisfaction guarantee. Take a look at our selection below, or get in touch if you would like a hand in choosing the best beginner violin for you.

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Beginner Violin FAQs

What are the best violins for beginners?

For a beginner, violins with ease of play and a clean, quality sound are best. If a beginner instrument sounds great and provides no obstacles to playing and learning, you’ll want to play more, and the more you play the better you’ll get!

What things should I look for when buying a beginner violin?

Finding a handmade instrument should be your priority. Handmade violins are of higher quality and therefore sound better than factory-made instruments. Plus beginner violins that are handmade are crafted intentionally for new violinists by an experienced luthier. That means handmade beginner violins are easier to start playing on.

I’m not sure I can afford a fancy handmade instrument. What do I do?

Don’t worry, our beginner violins come at a variety of price points to help make violin playing accessible for everyone. Also keep in mind that buying a violin is an investment, both into your own playing — because starting on a quality instrument means you’ll play more and start off as a stronger player — and financially, because you’ll get a lot more, for longer out of a quality violin. If the cost is still a concern, we at have a variety of renting options for violins of all levels, to further make picking up the violin affordable.